STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 175224-28249 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album
Reviewed by Paul S Ganney
Straight after reviewing "Nichey" I turned to this album by the same band, hoping for more classic songs expertly rendered but with rewritten lyrics to tell Biblical stories and themes (for background, read that review first). I was not disappointed. "Can't Buy Free Love" addressed my comments on their ability to produce a convincing '60s sound. The riffs are spot on ("Ignorant Song"), the lyrics brilliantly reworked ("An Old King In The New Age" from "Anarchy In The UK" and the aforementioned "Can't Buy Free Love") and the overall feel was joyful. Too many bands that have tried this sort of thing make the error of losing the rhythm of the lyrics which are such an important part of the overall sound. This lot nail that side of things brilliantly (especially in "You Gotta Go"). This is a very competent bunch of musicians at the top of their game, well recorded and great to listen to and admire. A special mention is deserved of the guest vocal on "You Gotta Go" doing a very convincing Alanis Morissette - so good that when I played it to my wife it took a while for her to realise that it wasn't her. There's the odd one that doesn't quite work as well as the others, but that just serves to show how high a bar they've set for themselves. Buy both and treat them as a double album then hurry to find more - they've a mere 54 albums on their web site to choose from.
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